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Fruit Fact: Arlet, a variety of apples

Arlet is one of those multi-faceted apples that has one foot in the modern world and one foot in the heirloom world. Depending on how it's picked and stored, it will manifest very distinct characteristics. When first picked, it's often so sweet that the sweetness overpowers the rest of the apple. However, the sweetness mellows in cold storage and gives way to its other characteristics. After a bit of storage, arlet develops a pleasant aromatic overtone with fruity hints of berry and cherry.

Variety Background:

Most Common Name: Arlet
Species: malus domestica Golden Delicious x Idared
Synonyms: Swiss Gourmet
Origin: Originated as a cross of Golden Delicious and Idared in Wädenswil, Canton of Zürich in 1958, widely released in 1984.
Patents or Trademarks: None


Description: Arlet is a medium to large sized, round to conical shaped apple with yellow skin covered 90% by a bright red blush. Develops occasional russeting. The flesh is creamy white and melting.

Flavor and tasting notes: Arlet starts out almost overpoweringly sweet over a tart background, but will mellow in storage. After 2-4 weeks in storage, the sweetness and tartness mellow a bit to give way to an aromatic apple with berry and cherry overtones.


Arlet grows well in Northern California, and may even be a candidate for lower chill climates. Appears to fare well in high heat, not susceptible to heat damage.

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Growth Habit:

Semi-vigorous, upright growth habit.

Vigor: T2

Harvest, storage and consumption:

Fruits ripen early September in coastal Central California valleys. Keeps well for about 3 months, where it improves in quality within the first few weeks before it begins to decline.

Begin of Harvest: early Sept
End of Harvest: mid Sept
Stores Until: mid Dec


Primarily a dessert apple but very juicy and hence suitable for cider, although the cider needs to be balanced with a good sharp apple, as the juice may be overpoweringly sweet. Suitable for cooking.

Eating: Yes
Cooking: Yes
Cider: Yes


Medium sensitivity to scab and a little sensitivity to powdery mildew.

Scab Susceptibility: Medium
Fire Blight Susceptibility:
Powdery Mildew Susceptibility: medium
Cedar Apple Rust Susceptibility:
Black Rot Susceptibility:
Phytopthera Rots Susceptibility:
Fly Speck Susceptibility:
Coddling Moth Susceptibility:

Nurseries that carry this variety:

Generally available in some US nurseries under the name 'Swiss Gourmet'.

GRIN Cross-reference: PI 589443 cross reference: Arlet

Photo Gallery

Typical appearance of arlet when it's ready to be picked for storage. As the apple ripens the background turns yellow. (c) GRIN